I have a winner! I had so much fun with this giveaway thank you everyone for entering. It was a little nerve wracking at first, but hopefully now that I have done it, I will do it again....soon! So reading the comments that everyone posted made me laugh and made me feel a little bad too. I am just as guilty as everyone else is when it comes to buying myself frivolous items. I wanted so badly to be able to give a necklace to everyone....so here is the deal. Anyone that entered in my contest can get the necklace in the giveaway for 40% off so basically for $23.70 + shipping($2.50). Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure to give me the name you used to enter the contest and I will set up a custom listing on etsy just for you. You guys rock, thanks for supporting me! Oh and drum roll....the winner is .................. .......... Alison Mecom!!!!!
In a chaotic moment brought on by my lovely children, I decided to sign up for community outreach class offered by the local community college. They offered advanced jewelry and lapidary and casting....I figured since there is nothing advanced about my jewelry knowledge, I chose lapidary. I had zero expectations out of this class, more than anything it gave me some alone time from the kids. I never expected to be hooked after my first class! OMG, I had soooo much fun. The class is four hours long and once a week for six weeks. The class consisted mostly retired folks(I think 4 in total) and everyone signed up pretty much so they could use the equipment. They needed little teaching, so basically I had a personal teacher just helping me. After this one class I was ready to buy lapidary equipment! Ok, I have to recover from all the silver I have bought and not to mention the camera equipment. Oh and did I mention this class only cost $106? So worth it. Anyway I chose to start with polishing stones. I cut them in the shape I wanted and sanded and polished them. Maybe next week I will cast a pendant for one of these stones? Good thing I have a bunch of silver lying around! ;)
I am slowly, but surely expanding in my jewelry making. I can't believe it was almost a year ago that I was learning how to do the basics with beading. I am hoping to take my first lapidary class this Tuesday for a 6 week course. I can't wait and hoping that I can keep up. It has been 13 years since I have gone to school. Yikes! Anyway here are my first hoop earrings. They are copper with sterling silver wire wrapped with apatite beads. I am anxious to list these, but think I need to make a few more first. Need to work out a few bugs. :)
I think I mentioned that I pick up hobbies like a dog picks up ticks a while back. It is so true and the scary thing is that I don't even post half of my interests. I try to keep this blog hobby related, although posting about GMOs, essential oils, real food or energy healing really intrigues me, ok more than intrigues. I am mildly obsessed, but I try to keep it to myself. Go check out http://www.mommypotamus.com, if you are interested. She does a far better job than I would ever do.
Stay focused....I am trying! It is such a struggle, you have no idea. So Anyway, so you are probably wondering what this new super cool hobby is, right? It is really no new shocker and I can already hear the "Ugh, another one?" sigh, or "Not another one of those!" comments, but yes PHOTOGRAPHY. Ha ha! I have always loved my little Rebel camera. It is my best friend. I love, love, love editing pictures...heck I was a graphic designer in my former mom life. I did upgrade my lens on my camera so I could produce better pictures, but never wanted to invest a whole lot of money because honestly, I spend a lot on my hobbies. Ok, maybe more than a lot and right now I am in the midst of a jewelry making bonanza. So taking on something new that would require time and money just wasn't something that I felt I could do. The problem was that I love photography. Love it. So when my friend offered to sell me all her equipment for a great price, I couldn't turn away. Just look at that luscious 85mm. Makes my heart swell just looking at it. Like a moth to a flame and I jumped at the chance to own better equipment. If nothing else it will be great for photographing my jewelry and of course my kids. Anyway, there it is. So hopefully I will start posting pics on here and they might look like hell, but understand that I am learning! Oh and before you judge, this picture was taken with my iPhone...duh, my camera was a little pre-occupied! ;)
Ok, the truth is that I have this fabulous camera bag from J totes and a super cute strap from Thirty One and I needed to fill the bag. ;) It is all about accessories!
Thinking about revamping today, I think it is a spring thing to do and I can not wait for spring to get here. New logo, maybe? Anyway today I am working on my facebook page. Help a girl out and like my page! ;) https://www.facebook.com/MLoueez
I am a jack of all trades, but I feel as if I am a master to none. Always trying new things and once I start getting too familiar with one medium, I seem to change it up. At least that is my motto. I pick up hobbies like a dog picks up ticks. It is a sickness. I am a mother to three beautiful babies. My oldest is 6 and my youngest is 18 months. Yikes! People ask how I find the time, but this truly is my sanctuary. I am blessed to be able to stay home with my kiddies and work out my passion for creativity. I also have a great partner in my husband, Jed. He is always willing to help me out in my crazy antics. I am bona fide (love Oh Brother Where Art Thou). I graduated with a degree in fine arts. In my prior life, I worked as a graphic designer and owned a party rental business. I feel like I every year I hit the ground running. I guess that is how I like it.
I am a stay at home mom to two wonderful children a 3 year old and a 1 year old. It is a good thing they are so cute because otherwise I am not sure we would make it out of the toddler years. My husband is simply amazing and puts up with all my crazy ventures.